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School News in Brief - June 2016

The Northern Cross - June 2016
School News in Brief

Registration open at Catholic schools

Catholic schools have begun registration for the 2016-17 school year. Contact your local Catholic school to learn more about registering your children at a Catholic school.

Brainerd: St. Francis of the Lakes School, 817 Juniper St.; (218) 829-2344,; office@stfranciscatholicschool. org.

Cloquet: Queen of Peace School, 102 Fourth St.; (218) 879-8516,;

Duluth: Holy Rosary School, 2802 E. Fourth St.; (218) 724-8565,;

Duluth: St. James School, 715 N. 57th Ave. W.; (218) 624-1511,;

Duluth: St. John the Evangelist School, 1 W. Chisholm St.; (218) 724-9392,;

Duluth: St. Michael’s Lakeside School, 4628 Pitt St.; (218) 525-1931,;

Grand Rapids: St. Joseph’s School, 315 S.W. 21st St.; (218) 326-326-6034;, principal@stjosephscatholic. org.

Hibbing: Assumption School, 2310 Seventh Ave. E.; (218) 263-3054;;

International Falls: St. Thomas Aquinas School, 810 Fifth St.; (218) 283-3430;; secretary@

Virginia: Marquette School, 311 S. Third St.; (218) 741-6811;;

Holy Rosary students finish first in State History Day

Students of Holy Rosary School in Duluth saw some serious success at this year’s State History Day Competition. Seventh-graders Gianna Kneepkens and Elley Graysmark finished first in the entire state for junior group exhibits and are now qualified to attend the national competition in Washington, D.C., in June. Contact the school to find out how to help support their trip by calling (218) 724-2565. Sixth-grader Bianca Lott also received an honorable mention and finished in the top 40 for junior individual exhibits in the state.

Students compete in state science fair

Nine seventh- and eighth-grade students from Holy Rosary School in Duluth presented exhibits at the Minnesota State Science and Engineering Fair April 3-5 in St Paul and were selected as some of the top 270 middle school science students in the state of Minnesota: Annika Gunnarson, Gianna Kneepkens, Natalie Goetzman, Elley Graysmark, Charlie Kleinschmidt, Justine Martin, Reece Patten, Vanessa Farrell and Angelina Dodge. In addition to the honor of presenting at the state science and engineering fair, Vanessa Farrell received a special award from the Minnesota Environmental Health Association and Angelina Dodge received a special award from The International Society for Optics and Photonics. Kleinschmidt took top honors by scoring in the top 15 percent of the fair. Dodge also took top honors scoring in the top 5 percent of the fair over all.

St. Michael’s Lakeside puts on annual spring musical

In April, students in kindergarten through fifth grade from St. Michael’s Lakeside School in Duluth presented their 31st annual spring musical. This year’s performance was “Pirates of the Curry Bean.” The students began rehearsals in January and worked two to four days a week on this humorous pirate musical. Some students had as many as 80 lines. Parents and audience members were thrilled with the quality of the show. In addition to learning the many aspects of theater, students learned star qualities such as overcoming fears, working with others, persistence and discovering unknown talents.

May crowning

Third-grade students at Assumption School in Hibbing participated in the May Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary during the children’s Mass at Blessed Sacrament parish. The month of May has been set aside for special devotion to Mary for Catholics throughout the world. Father Gabriel Waweru, pastor, assists students in crowning the parish statue of Mary during the ceremony.

Holy Rosary students take up swing dance

Under the guidance of parent volunteer Jason Hoeksema, seventh- and eighth-grade students at Holy Rosary School in Duluth have been learning how to swing dance. The students are learning the “East Coast” style of swing, beginning with the basic steps and turns, and learning how to transition from one step to the other without specific choreography. Students are challenged by having a variety of dance partners and having to adapt to each person’s style and rhythm. “The best part about teaching kids swing is watching their comfort level with it grow,” Hoeksema said. “They start off kind of nervous and reluctant, but once they try it, they start to get it and really have fun with it. Swing allows you to add your own moves and continue to improve on it the more comfortable you become. It is a style of dance you can enjoy your entire life.”